The Glendale Desert Dogs came into Thursday's game in third place in their division, trailing by four games with seven games left in the season. They were taking on second place Surprise today, with Logan Hill and Kevin Kramer in the lineup. Brandon Waddell would come into the game later, as Glendale won 6-2.
Kramer batted second on Thursday and walked in the first inning. In the second inning, he walked and scored a run. Kramer lined out to left field in the fourth inning, then struck out in the sixth. He struck out again in the eighth, leaving him 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. His average dropped to .196 due to his current 2-for-27 slump, which includes 12 strikeouts. Kramer had five chances in the field and handled all of them cleanly. He has not made an error in 14 games ...
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